Making your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there. Here are some tips from https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc. that we thought were especially helpful.
- Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
- Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.
Stoves and Ranges
Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.
The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.
If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.
Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.
If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.
Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.
Get more advice from SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.
If your ice will not dispense from your indoor refrigerator ice and water dispenser, there may be a problem with the ice dispenser auger motor.
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To access this part, open the refrigerator door to locate the ice bin assembly and then open the door to the ice bin assembly.
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If the ice from your ice maker or dispenser is producing bad-tasting or bad-smelling ice, here are four easy fixes that may solve this problem.
1. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Water and ice can easily absorb bad odors which can also impact the taste of your ice cubes. Try cleaning out your freezer and refrigerator. If there are bad odors from spoiled or strong-smelling food, they can make their way from the refrigerator into the freezer compartment. Cleaning out both areas will eliminate this issue.
2. Make New Ice
After you perform a deep clean in both the freezer and refrigerator, throw out any old ice and wait for new ice cubes to form. Old, stale ice can easily absorb odors from food, so using Continue reading
Here are some helpful appliance-related tips we are seeing from around the web.
Dishwasher Settings to Try
Your dishwasher comes with other cycles other than normal and Real Simple goes over some situations in which you might want to use these alternative cycles.
Use the sanitize cycle to kill any germs on items, like when a family member is ill. This cycle gives a final 155 degree water rinse in order to kill germs.
Use the heavy wash to clean crusty, baked-on dishes and the top-rack cycle to clean lightly soiled items like glasses from a party. Read about more Dishwasher Settings to Try.
Ice Maker is Making Hollow Ice Cubes
An ice maker that produces hollow ice cubes that shatter and melt quickly is an annoying problem. CNET.com offers some solutions in their Continue reading